Atlanta United FC striker Josef Martinez has broken the Major League Soccer (MLS) single-season goal scoring record with his 28th goal. The record was formally co-owned by three players who all scored 27 in one season. Roy Lassiter was the first in 1996, followed by Chris Wondolowski in 2012 and Bradley Wright-Phillips in 2014. Martinez’s 28th goal was a cheeky one as he cut back on his defender then put Orlando City goalkeeper Joe Bendik on the ground and chipped him to give Atlanta the 2-1 lead.
The new scoring 👑.
— Major League Soccer (@MLS) August 25, 2018
For anyone who follows MLS, it shouldn’t be surprising that Martinez broke the record. He came within 8 goals last season despite playing just 19 of 34 matches. Had he played a full season and kept his scoring pace he would have scored 35 goals.
Martinez began his career with Caracas in his native Venezuela before moving to Europe at just 19-years-old. There he played for some notable clubs including BSC Young Boys of the Swiss Super League and Torino FC in the Italian Serie A. However, he scored just four goals in 38 matches and 13 goals in 75 matches, respectfully. It wasn’t until his move to MLS last season that he found his form and exploded onto the scene.
At just 25 years of age, Martinez still has plenty of top-level soccer ahead of him and at the rate he’s scoring goals, I’d bet were writing another article like this in years to come.